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The Royal Alberta College's FREE-LEARN Initiative

The Royal Alberta College’s #FREELEARN Initiative was created through extensive industry-led research and 160 years of collective experience providing educational and career guidance. The Registrar’s Office has built relationships with key industry stakeholders, NGOs and governmental organizations, forming ad-hoc committees consisting of highly skilled professionals representing all stakeholders on a volunteer basis. These committees provided their expertise and identified gaps within various employment sectors. They also collaborated to create a solution to fill the needs of their sectors by delivering education, mentorship, job training, and guidance in a non-confrontational, culturally sensitive, inclusive and supportive environment, achieved by creating a foundation of trust for all invested stakeholders and providing high-quality training to learners.

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The RAC and #FREE-LEARN support various marginalized communities and social justice causes through the Sunrise Rise Up initiative.

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IBM, ManpowerGroup, and the Royal Alberta College to Re-Skill & Connect the Workforce with Real Career Opportunities in Canada

ManpowerGroup will allow learners on IBM SkillsBuild to progress to in-demand roles by connecting their skills with current market needs.

This supports IBM’s goal of helping to skill 500,000 people by the end of 2021 through the IBM SkillsBuild program.

Markham ON June 17, 2021 – Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM), ManpowerGroup, and the Royal Alberta College (RAC), a not-for-profit educational institution based in Edmonton, have launched a collaboration using IBM SkillsBuild. The free digital training program helps adults develop valuable new skills and find jobs, regardless of their background or education with professional workplace readiness and technical skills and enables them to earn digital badges recognized by the market. The partnership will help make tech more diverse and inclusive, bringing in people with non-traditional education backgrounds.

“We are grateful to have an opportunity to work with IBM Canada. This alliance empowers our mission to create opportunities for underserved communities (and all Canadians) by providing high-quality, industry-led, accessible courses. The IBM SkillsBuild platform will allow learners to be agile, upskill, gain knowledge and participate in our growing economy,” said Perry Chahal, Executive Director and Lecturer, the Royal Alberta College.

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IBM Collaborates with 30 Organizations to Re-Skill & Connect the Workforce with Real Career Opportunities

ManpowerGroup will allow learners on IBM SkillsBuild to progress to in-demand roles by connecting their skills with current market needs.

This supports IBM’s goal of helping to skill 500,000 people by the end of 2021 through the IBM SkillsBuild program.

The collaboration spans 12 countries and includes ActionAid Italia Onlus, The American Indian Foundation Trust, Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development, Argencon, Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC), Bruxelles Formation, Cité des Métiers, CSC Academy, CSRBOX, Edunet Foundation, Fondazione Human Age Institute, Fundación Konecta, Junior Achievement Americas, Junior Achievement Italy, Laboratoria, Mission Locale de Paris, Reacha Foundation, Tata Community Initiatives Trust, The Royal Alberta College, Technifutur®, Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, Training Point, Turkish Industry & Business Association (TÜSİAD), Unnati Foundation, Uvi Jagriti Sansthan, VetsinTech, Jeevitam-VSS Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, Workforce Development Inc., and 60 000 rebonds.

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